ObjetFiltresBinTemps PoseNombres PosesTemps Total
NomTriplet du lionLuminance1 x 15 mn27135 mn
ConstellationLionRouge1 x 15 mn1260 mn
Distance35 millions alVert1 x 15 mn1260 mn
Détail prise de vueBleu1 x 15 mn1260 mn
LieuMaison-Maugis 61 FranceS21 x 1
Date acquisition20/03 au 20/04/20181 x 1
SetupO31 x 1
InstrumentNewton Skyvision Mtn 250Totaux635 hrs 15 mn
Diamètre250 mmBias99
Focale900 mmDark19
Rapport F/D3,6Flat11
MontureEQ8 SkywatcherAcquisition faite parFrancis Bozon
Caméra acquisitionMorovian G2 4000Traitement fait parFrancis Bozon
Caméra de guidageAtik 314LLogiciels utilisés
Montage de guidageDO SkymecaAcquisitionTheSkyX – Software Bisque, Focusmax, Maxpilote
Echantillonage1,7 arcsTraitementPixinsight, Photoshop


Nature of the galaxies of the Lion Trio:

The Lion Trio is a small cluster of interacting galaxies located about 35 million light years from Earth. Although not immediately obvious, all three are spiral galaxies like our Milky Way, because their disks are inclined at different angles to our line of sight.

Size of the image and the galaxies:

The width of the image represents an angular field of about 60 minutes, equivalent to twice the Full Moon.

Galaxies cover an average of only 12 x 3 arc minutes, which still represents, given their distances, 100,000 light years, a size equivalent to that of the Milky Way.

Position of the 3 galaxies:

On the left of the image, the almost vertical bar with a thin band of black dust represents galaxy NGC 3628, magnitude 9.5, as seen from the slice. It is also known as the “Hamburger Galaxy”.

Messier objects M 65 (NGC 3623), magnitude 9.3, below the upper right corner, and M 66 (NGC 3627), magnitude 8.9, left of the lower right corner, are tilted sufficiently for their spiral arms to be visible.

As for the stars in the image, such as the bright HIP 55262 at 155 light years, apparent magnitude 7.1 (near the upper edge), they all belong to our Milky Way .

Description of M 65 :

Although it is close to its neighbours, M65 looks like a “normal” spiral galaxy, and seems to have been little influenced by their gravitational field. It has a well-formed central lens and perfectly coiled spiral arms, plus a clear band of red ochre dust marking the edge facing us.

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